Sunday, September 26, 2010

Salta & south via the Quebrada de Cafayate

We were up bright & early this morning to go pick up a rental car for the next phase of our adventure.  Along the way I got to see Salta in daylight for the first time & admire the elegant buildings around the central plaza. 

With Daniel (Schumi Jr) at the wheel of our zippy little VW Gol (the South American market's entry-level VW), we blasted southwards - aiming for Cafayate via the canyon known as Quebrada de Cafayate. The photos that follow will save many 1000's of useless words that can't really begin to describe how incredible the scenery is!

After a late lunch in Cafayate we decided to proceed south into the Tucumán province to see Quilmes, the ruins of an indigenous urban settlement dating from about 1000 AD.  Although dusty & windy, it was neat to follow the trail up the hill behind the ruins to get a better perspective of the complex that once housed about 5000 people.

Leaving Quilmes around 18:30 meant a long drive back to Salta in the dark. We eventually got there around 11pm & found the rest of the group still having dinner at Café del Tiempo - the obligatory wine & steak went down Extremely well at that point :)

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